WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
The WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF is part of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and thus of the ETH Domain. WSL focuses on the sustainable use and protection of the environment and on the handling of natural hazards. WSL employs approximately 600 people, of whom 140 work at SLF in Davos.

The Chair of Alpine Mass Movements is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL. We develop numerical models and experimental facilities to better understand the initiation and dynamics of alpine mass movements such as snow avalanches, debris flows and rockfalls. Our research contributes to improve risk assessment and management procedures related to gravitational mass movements in alpine regions and mitigate their impacts. We are looking for a (2 years)
PostDoc “Experimental analysis and numerical modeling of geophysical mass flows” 80-100% (f/m/d)
You will support ongoing development and application of numerical models (depth-averaged or 3D) for the initiation and propagation of alpine mass movements such as avalanches (rock, snow or ice) or debris flow. In addition, you will conduct granular flow experiments on a new mesoscale chute and contribute to its instrumentation. Furthermore, you will participate in teaching activities at ETH Zürich and publish results in high-ranked scientific journals, present them at international conferences.
You hold a PhD degree in related fields of research and have experience with numerical modeling. Ideally you already have some experience with geotechnical testing and/or granular flow experiments. We encourage applications from enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who have very good oral and written communication skills in English. German or French knowledge is beneficial. You are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary and international working environment and you would enjoy living in a beautiful and varied mountain environment.

Please send your complete application to Clemens Güdel, Human Resources SLF, by uploading the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered. Prof. Johan Gaume, e-mail, will be happy to answer any questions or offer further information. The WSL strives to increase the proportion of women in its employment, which is why qualified women are particularly called upon to apply for this position.
Flüelastrasse 11, CH-7260 Davos Dorf